The Oregon Ducks’ receivers took a very big blow, and sportsbook software services were very surprised to learn that that this took place only days before the team faces the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, when both teams square off to try to win the national title.
On Friday, sources reported that last week WR Darren Carrington, who was able to catch seven passes for 165 yards as well as two TD’s in the Ducks’ 59-20 win over the Florida State Seminoles, did not pass a drug test and won’t play in the national title game. It was reported that the player tested positive for cannabis, and the player didn’t go to Texas for the meeting with the Buckeyes.
On Saturday, it was also reported that RB Ayele Forde, who’s one more offensive player for the Ducks, didn’t pass a drug test and won’t be able to feature for the game on Monday. This season, backup RB Forde was playing in all of the team’s 14 games, and for 17 yards he had three carries. The player had one carry for 5 yards in the championship of the Pac-12, when the Ducks faced the Arizona Wildcats.
An appeal was made by Oregon, and it ended up being denied. Andy McNamara, spokesman for the Ducks, said that Carrington is not playing, but he wouldn’t state the reason.
Carrington, a freshman who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs191-pounds, made the first start of his career in the win over the Wildcats in the Pac-12’s championship meeting, ending the game with seven catches made for 126 yards and a TD.
Oregon already didn’t have the services of Devon Allen, their WR with the most consistency and speed, as it was reported that he suffered an injury to the leg and will miss the title matchup due to this. The player caught the ball 41 times for 684 yards and 7 TD’s. The Ducks also ended up losing Bralon Addison – its WR with the most experience – before the football season due to injury.
Oregon also played their last four meetings without TE Pharoah Brown, whose season with Utah ended due to an injured leg.
Last week, TE Evan Baylis had six catches in what was considered to be a breakout meeting.
Marcus Mariota, the Ducks’ famous QB, said that the team felt disappointed, and sportsbook software services fully understand why.
“But at the same time I think a lot of guys feel guilty like they should have helped, including myself,” said Mariota, as reported by the AP. “It’s tough. But we’ll have to be ready for the next one, whoever the next guy is to step up.”
Mark Helfrich, Oregon coach, said that the team had a lot of problems in the season, with injuries included in the mix. However, he said that the Ducks are not having any distractions as they move into the game against the Buckeyes.
“How you manage those things is what matters most. And our guys have managed all those situations very, very well,” said Helfrich.
CSN were the first to report the news of Carrington not being eligible.